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UDC to host renewable energy conference, school focuses on renewable sources

BY JAY BELMORE

The University of the District of Columbia will host the 2006 International Conference on Renewable Energy for Developing Countries April 6-7 at the Washington DC Omni Shoreham Hotel in Woodley Park. 

The event is sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and will focus on improving the quality of life for people living in developing countries.  Energy experts from the government , the engineering industry and academia will also participate.

Dr. Esther Ososanya, professor Electrical Engineering, and member of the planning committee is thrilled not only to be part of the conference, but also the development and construction of UDC’s new solar panel and wind turbine, that is being put up on campus. 

“This is an excellent opportunity “ for UDC and I look forward to working with  engineering students,” said Dr. Ososanya.  The construction (of the panel, turbine) is part of their senior project.  I am very excited for them.” 

Dr. Samuel Lakeou, chairperson of the Department of Electrical Engineering.  “This is an on-going project that will help benefit UDC students for years to come,” he added.

Mario Rocha, graduating senior and Mechanical Engineering major, is also excited.  The students’ first experiment will be to use the energy generated by the panels and windmill, to move water from one tank to another.  “This is a neat experiment, and am happy to be a part of it.”

Other projects related to UDC’s brand new renewable energy source are also being discussed, such as using the generated electricity to light up remote areas on campus, and to power a proposed new Mobile Zero Energy Visitor’s Center.

“This is an opportunity for the university to demonstrate leadership in the area of renewable energy, especially in third world countries,” said J. Michael Andrews, senior director of Communications and Alumni Affairs.  “We are very pleased to be able to take a leadership roll in this.” 

To find out more about the ICREDC-06 conference, including registration, please call 202-274-5834, or go to ICREDC 06.